United is increasing a variety of fees for redeeming awards effective May 15.
- Change fees go from $100 to $150 (matching changes United made to many of its revenue fares).
- Telephone ticketing goes from $15 to $25.
- “Close-in Processing Fees” (1) now $100 (from $75) for ticketing less than 7 days from departure (2) $75 (from $50) for tickets less than 21 days from departure — where the $50 used to apply less than 14 days from departure, so they’ve stretched out the period for this fee.
This doesn’t appear to change the fee waivers of United 1Ks (100,000 mile flyers) who can still change their award tickets at no cost over and over, constantly striving for better routings and carriers to meet their needs (thank goodness).
(Hat tip to One Mile at a Time.)